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English Language Centre

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The English Language Centre (ELC) provides a range of support for all of our international students. Our services are designed to help students to improve in all areas of their English language and academic study skills.

The friendly and experienced ELC team is based within Student Services. We are here to guide your learning using a variety of methods, ensuring you have every opportunity to succeed on your course.

We offer the following areas of English language support for international students:

In-Sessional English Language Centre Workshops

We know that studying in a foreign language can be very difficult. We also know that during your time in Lincoln, you will want to improve your language skills, understand British culture better, and take the opportunity to meet other students from all over the world.


At the English Language Centre, we offer a range of courses and workshops, as well as a regular Drop-in service if you need individual support. All of our courses and services are completely free and run throughout the academic year.

Main courses

  • Academic English
  • Culture and Conversation
  • Grammar for Academic English

Short courses

  • Active Listening
  • Advanced Academic Writing
  • Better Pronunciation
  • Critical Thinking
  • English for Dissertation Writing
  • Effective Presentation Skills

Drop in and 1:1 Writing Support

If you need individual help with any English language problem, the ELC’s Drop in is the perfect place to go. Our experienced, well qualified team of teachers can advise you on any language issue.

For full details of the workshops and to book a place please email Englishlanguage@lincoln.ac.uk

University of Lincoln English Language Requirements

Please use the guide below to find out the English language requirements for your course.

If you do not meet the requirements, you can apply to study on our PEASS course. Click on the link below for more details:

Pre-sessional English Language and Academic Study Skills

 

If your offer requires an IELTS of 6.0 or equivalent:

Qualification Result Required
IELTS IELTS 6.0
Listening: minimum level 5.5
Speaking: minimum level 5.5
Reading: minimum level 5.5
Writing: minimum level 5.5
TOEFL Internet Based*

Overall score 79
Listening 17
Reading   18
Speaking  20
Writing    17

Pearson Overall score 54
Listening: minimum level 51
Speaking: minimum level 51
Reading: minimum level 51
Writing: minimum level 51
University of Lincoln PEASS course

Pass at 40% or above

 

If your offer requires an IELTS of 6.5 or equivalent:

Qualification Result Required
IELTS IELTS 6.5
Listening: minimum level 6.0
Speaking: minimum level 6.0
Reading: minimum level 6.0
Writing: minimum level 6.0
TOEFL Internet Based*

Overall score  90
Reading  21
Writing   22
Speaking 22
Listening 20

Pearson Overall score 61
Listening: minimum level 54
Speaking: minimum level 54
Reading: minimum level 54
Writing: minimum level 54
University of Lincoln PEASS course

Pass at 50% or above

 

If your offer requires an IELTS 7.0 or equivalent:

Qualification Result Required
IELTS

IELTS 7.0
Listening: minimum level 6.5
Speaking: minimum level 6.5
Reading: minimum level 6.5
Writing: minimum level 6.5

TOEFL Internet Based*

Overall score  100
Reading  23
Writing   23
Speaking 23
Listening 22

Pearson Overall score 67
Listening: minimum level 61
Speaking: minimum level 61
Reading: minimum level 61
Writing: minimum level 61
University of Lincoln PEASS course

Pass at 60% or above

*Please note that the TOEFL test is not currently accepted by the Home Office for students who have taken the test within the UK.

Please see below for other qualification equivalent to an IELTS 6.0. Please contact our Admissions team for further information on equivalent higher scores.

Cambridge English for Speakers of Other Languages (ESOL)

  • Cambridge English: Advanced, commonly known as the Certificate in Advanced English – CAE (NQF Level2)
  • Cambridge English: Proficiency, commonly known as the Certificate of Proficiency in English – CPE, (NQF Level 3)

University of Cambridge International Examinations (CIE)

  • GCE O Level English Language (Syllabus numbers 1119, 1120, 1123, 1124, 1125 and 1126 – grade C or better
  • IGCSE First Language English (Syllabus number 0500, 0522, 0524 and 0561) – grade C or better
  • IGCSE English as a Second Language (Syllabus number 0510, 0511 and 0526) – grade C or better

Edexcel

  • IGCSE English as a Second Language – grade C or better
  • IGCSE English Language – grade C or better
  • IGCSE English Language – grade C or better

Hong Kong Examinations and Assessment Authority

  • Hong Kong Advanced Level Examination: Use of English – Grade E or better
  • Hong Kong Advanced Supplementary Level Examination: Use of English – Grade E or better
  • Hong Kong Certification of Education (HKCEE) prior to 2007 – English Language (Syllabus B) – Grade C or better 2007 onwards
  • Hong Kong Diploma of Secondary Education (HKDSE) – Grade 4 English Language (see Tariff tables)

Country Specific English Language Qualifications

Country Qualification Grades
Antigua & Barbuda Caribbean Examinations Council Secondary Education Certificate (General Proficiency) 1-3
Australia English language within Provincial Secondary/Senior School Certificate or Diploma 50%
Austria Reifeprüfung / Matura 2 ('Gut')
Bahamas GCSE / GCE O Level A-C
Barbados Caribbean Examinations Council Secondary Education Certificate (General Proficiency) 1-3
Barbados GCE Ordinary Level A-C/1-6
Belgium Certificat d'Enseignement Secondaire Supérieur 5
Belgium Diploma van Secundair Onderwijs 10
Belize Caribbean Examinations Council Secondary Education Certificate (General Proficiency) 1-3
Belize GCE Ordinary Level A-C/1-6
Botswana Botswana General Certificate of Secondary Education Examination (BGCSE) A-C
Cameroon GCE Ordinary Level A-C
Canada High School Diploma (or regional equivalent) A-C
Cyprus Apolytirion of Lykeion 15
Denmark Bevis for Højere Forberedelseseksamen (HF) 7
Dominica Caribbean Examinations Council Secondary Education Certificate (General Proficiency) 1-3
Dominica GCE Ordinary Level A-C/1-6
Europe European Baccalaureate Diploma 7
Germany Abitur / Zeugnis der Allgemeinen Hochschulreife - English as a 'Leistungskurse' 10 ('Gut')
Ghana Senior Secondary School Certificate A-C
Ghana WASSCE A1-C6
Grenada Caribbean Examinations Council Secondary Education Certificate (General Proficiency) 1-3
Guyana Caribbean Examinations Council Secondary Education Certificate (General Proficiency) 1-3
Hong Kong HKDSE Grade 4
Iceland Studentsprof (from Gymnasium) 9
India Standard XII (awarded by a Metro/State Board) 60%+
Jamaica Caribbean Examinations Council Secondary Education Certificate (General Proficiency) 1-3
Kenya Kenya Certificate of Secondary Education (KCSE) A-C
Malaysia SPM/Cambridge GCE O'level syllabus 1119 A-C
Malta Advanced Matriculation / Matriculation Certificate E
Netherlands VWO 8
New Zealand National Certificate in Educational Achievement at level 3 Achieved
Nigeria NECO Senior School Certificate 1-6
Nigeria WAEC WASSC 1-6
Norway VVO 4
Singapore Singapore / Cambridge GCE O Level 1-6
South Africa National Senior Certificate 5
St Kitts & Nevis Caribbean Examinations Council Secondary Education Certificate (General Proficiency) 1-3
St Kitts & Nevis GCE Ordinary Level A-C/1-6
St Lucia Caribbean Examinations Council Secondary Education Certificate (General Proficiency) 1-3
St Vincent & The Grenadines Caribbean Examinations Council Secondary Education Certificate (General Proficiency) 1-3
Sweden Slutbetyg / Avgångsbetyg från Gymnasieskolan 4 ('VG')
Tanzania Secondary School Leaving Certificate A-C
Tanzania Certificate of Secondary Education A-C
Trinidad & Tobago GCE Ordinary Level A-C/1-6
Uganda Uganda Certificate of Education (UCE) 1-6
Uganda East African Certificate of Education (EACE) 1-6
USA High School Graduation Diploma C
Various International Baccalaureate Diploma - HL English 4
Zambia Zambia School Certificate / General Certificate of Education 1-6
Zimbabwe Zimbabwe General Certificate of Education O Level A-C

For other English language qualifications you can also refer to the UK Border Agency’s ‘Secure English Language Test’ List which is available here.

Or alternatively you can contact us directly at the English Language Centre for more information and advice.